The Christian sense and sensibility of Jane Austen

Posted July 18, 2017 9:36 pm by Peter Mullen

This year marks the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death, at the age of 41. What sort of Christian was this imaginative and highly intelligent woman? Jane was both the daughter and sister of clergymen. Her father, George Austen – “the handsome Proctor” – was vicar of the 12th-century church at Steventon in Hampshire. At a time of Deism, near unbelief, notorious laxity, latitudinarianism and absentee…

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